Smart construction challenge looks to advance industry digitalization

February 26, 2019 //By Rich Pell
Smart construction challenge looks to advance industry digitalization
The Trusted IoT Alliance (Santa Clara, CA) has launched a global smart construction challenge with the goal of advancing "real-world validation of smart construction applications and solutions in the Industrial Internet."

In the Smart Construction Challenge - the second in the organization's Trusted IoT Challenge series - design and implementation organizations will compete globally on challenges with real-world customer requirements. The Trusted IoT Alliance (TIoTA), which represents an ecosystem of more than 50 companies working together to build open source trusted systems for IoT with blockchain and related technologies, is joined by Challenge Supporters MachNation, a global independent IoT research and benchmarking firm, and the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC).

The Challenge, says the organization, looks at the complete property lifecycle, from the initial planning to the operation by a Facility Management Company. Contestants will provide solutions that address one of the three use cases: Construction Assurance, Track and Trace for Onsite Logistics, and Smart Worker Equipment.

"Our intent is to make it easier for our members to bring blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technologies to market in the IoT space," says Zaki Manian, Executive Director of TIoTA. "This Challenge was conceived to advance real-world validation of Smart Construction applications and solutions in the Industrial Internet. The intent is to drive the creation of an ecosystem that will jointly bring the new solutions to market."

The initial ecosystem for the challenge includes the following Construction Industry Partners:

  • Züblin, a construction company that will provide use cases and requirement definitions, as well as access to a real-world construction project/construction site for the pilots.
  • Bosch, whose internal construction unit will support user feedback and will potentially deliver a construction site for the pilot projects.
  • TÜV SÜD , a Technical Inspection Association which provides inspection and product certification services, will be supporting the Challenge through its Real Estate and Infrastructure division, which supports customers with planning, construction, operations and acquisition, as well as sales of properties.
  • Liebherr, a large equipment manufacturer that will provide requirements from the equipment manufacturer perspective, as well as test equipment for field trials.

Technology Partners include the

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